Mood boards

In the Design School I talk about the benefits of creating a mood board. Too designer ish I here you cry, who has the time? Yes its a tad designer ish but find time I say, get up early, go to bed late, do it on the weekend, or on the tube, bus, helicopter (?) on the way to work! The reason, if you are all at sea at which direction you want your interior to take, or in a conundrum with colour, lighting or anything else it totally focuses the mind. The great thing about mood boarding a room is that at this stage you can be as brave and off radar as you possibly dare – its all up for grabs nothing is implemented yet, its just you, head honcho designer referencing a load of images you love and collating them to find some sort of theme. You don’t need to stick them on foam core or even print them off you can create boards on your computer  by referencing on line mags, blogs, pinterest all good sources for  images.

These guys have created a sweet little installation on their walls from a collection of images – fab for an office I have to say  and the great thing about it it focuses the mind. I mood board internally by that I mean when I’m working on a scheme images float into my brain of colours, textiles, furnishings I’ve done it so long that my mind is one big reference library of sources that I constantly pull on and rely on.

Lesson over, have a good Thursday

Re scheduling of Retail Masterclass

Hugest apologises to all those booked into the Retail Masterclass next Friday 5th October, regrettably due to some very unforseen circumstances I have to reschedule it. The good news it that we’re adding an additional day as they sold out pretty quickly so they are now running on the 2nd and the 9th of November as well as the 23rd (but that date has sold out).

More information here.

Please accept my apologises once again


Decorating made easy

Today I feel like a tortoise or at least taking as long as one getting my self out of the bedroom and into the studio, tired, tired, tired.  Even a coffee, single estate Brazilian from Lela’s with a dash of milk is not producing the result I had hoped for – ENERGY.

Hey ho lets talk about creating extraordinary rooms, that might energise me a tad you never know. If you want the kind of interiors that are memorable, that make people linger longer, gasp, grab a camera and say out loud WOW then you’ve got to take a few risks. Seriously, as hard as it might seem you’ll only get the results I’m talking about if you push a few boundaries, step out of you’re comfort level and take the plunge. I’m not talking about wallpapering your living room in leopard wallpaper, or installing great big neon lights all over the wall; I’m talking about subtle little changes that will set your room apart. I talk about it often having a small percentage of items in a space that push it. Could be through  shape, colour, texture, could be because they make you smile, could because they add add an element of quirk it really doesn’t  matter how you do it. Just do it!

Below all three images (by Jake Fitzjones) push it through colour.

Who would stick a lemon yellow chair in a room, I would its one of the most neglected of hues when it comes to interiors and it lifts lifts lifts any space.

Or accessorize with heaps of patterned brightly hued textiles, I totally would see how it energizes the space.

Finally it can even be as simple as opting for some jaw on the floor burnt orange blooms, that mesmerize you with their amazing hue and totally enliven this sideboard.

Who said decorating was tough, its easy peasy no?



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